Stop and smell the flowers in Fishtown (Instagram by @jtaflinphotography)

Connecting the gaps in Philadelphia’s river trails

In Philadelphia, you’ve got lots of options for a waterfront walk, riverside run, or streamside cycle, with trails running along both the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. However, neither is fully continuous. Why? Building trails is far from straightforward, with many organizations involved along the way — but there are plans to connect the gaps.

Asha Prihar has a guide to what’s open, what’s closed, and what’s coming for Philly’s riverside trails.

Neither the Schuylkill River Trail nor Delaware River Trail are continuous yet, but there are plans to connect the gaps, with construction underway in several areas. (Asha Prihar/Billy Penn)

A family endeavor, Nanu’s is already planning expansion

From Pakistan to Brooklyn to Northeast Philly, the Rashid family has been running halal carts for decades. In July, they opened Nanu’s Hot Chicken in the former home of Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman Avenue.

Now, they have plans to open the region’s first all-halal food court. Ali Mohsen spoke with the Rashids about why they named their brand after their youngest brother, and their plans for the future

Nanu’s is named for the youngest Rashid brother. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Pennsylvania recently removed a public database of state employee emails, citing cybersecurity concerns, particularly phishing scams. [Spotlight PA]

• As COVID cases tick up, you might be seeking a free test kit. Here’s a guide for where to find them in Philly. [Billy Penn]

• Amy Wax, controversial Penn Law professor, has invited avowed white nationalist Jared Taylor for a second visit, this time to speak in her fall seminar. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

• Burnt out and lacking hope at 32, West Philly native Nicole Kenney found healing through the Black women in her life. She tells the story of launching Hey Auntie!, a digital wellness platform and community. [Billy Penn]

• Fourteen of Philly’s historic homes (including the actual Strawberry Mansion) still have inhabitants, with responsibilities to take care of the site as part of a decades-long preservation system. [Axios]

• Dave Raymond — the original Phillie Phanatic for 16 years and the mind behind Gritty — helped design Good Morning America’s new mascot, a sunbeam named Ray. [GMA]

• Looking for a new favorite Philly restaurant? Here are some forthcoming grand openings and new locations to aid your search. [Eater]


Kenney is still in San Diego for the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall leadership meeting. 


📚 Free Philadelphia Literacy Day returns with author signings, reading, food, therapy animals, and book-loving fun at North Central Philly’s Tree House Books. (12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9)

🎶 DJ Diamond Kuts, Cosmo Baker, City Rhythm, and more local artists are on tap for the inaugural outdoor East Passyunk Music Festival. Free for all ages. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10) 

🍲 A taste of southeast Asian homecooking returns to Queen Village at Gapura’s Indonesian Festival. Pay as you go. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10) 

🎤 Step outside the concert halls for the kick off to Opera Philadelphia’s free Opera in the Park series. First up: FDR Park. (6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10) 

📘 Billy Penn is proud to headline the inaugural Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)